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Looking at 2008 Quad Cab - suggestions?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by AFZ, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. AFZ

    AFZ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I'm looking at a 2008 Quad-Cab with the TRD package. It has 87k miles and is Certified (only good for 1 year 13k miles).

    Truck is $21k.


    While looking at the truck a few things concerned me -

    First it's motor was loud, sounded like very loud lifter tick. Is this normal? Do Tacoma have lifter, valve or injector issues?

    I read the TSBs and didn't see anything about engine oil gelling, is that still a problem with the V6s?

    Lastly while checking the underside for rust I was mortified to see the frames are C-type and not boxed. What gives? I thought the Tacoma was on a 4runner chassis. My '98 4runner is completely boxed.

    I live in the Salt Belt as well as off road my trucks regularly - should I be planning to have the frames boxed in?

    $21,000 while under blue book is a lot of coin, I'm just wondering if a 4th Runner would be a better value if I'll be able to get a 5th gen for that price in a year.

    I'd also hate to be upside down on the Tacoma in 2 years.
     
  2. 4wd Boss

    4wd Boss Shake and Bake

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    where i work we have all kinds of toyota vehicles: tacoma, sienna, matrix,.... none of these vehicles with mileage up to 222K at the moment have a "loud" engine. i know some tacomas have a slight tick but anything more than that is a cause for concern imo. the issue you are asking about is prob why PO traded the vehicle into the dealership anyway.
     
  3. AFZ

    AFZ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'll see if I can get a video clip. You can't hear any noise in the cab, it's when you pop the hood.

    Wouldn't the dealership pick up on something wrong prior to certifying it?
     
  4. 2011Streaker

    2011Streaker Well-Known Member

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    im sure it's the normal tacoma tick. bought mine with 11 miles and it was loud as hell.
     
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